Department 56 artist and Executive Director of Product Design, Kristi Jensen Pierro has always loved many genres of fine art but is especially fond of figure drawing. Her subjects, while varied, have always reflected the activities of small children. So when she was hired to design the Snowbabies it was a wonderful opportunity to showcase these talents.
Kristi's ideas for Snowbabies are inspired by real childhood experiences and amusing things that all children do while playing in the snow. She makes rough sketches and refines her ideas into actual illustrations. Next, Kristi makes scale drawings – of each side, top and bottom. Along the way, she adds little touches that make each Snowbabies collectible unique whether it be a figurine, a waterglobe, an ornament or a musical piece.